Christmas is still months away, but holiday planning is in full swing at Hallmark. The network delivered an early present to fans of its wholesome, mistletoe-laden movies when it announced it was planning 23 new films for its annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming event. An additional 17 premieres are planned for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries “Miracles of Christmas” celebration.
Hallmark hasn’t revealed the full slate of films, but we do know that stars like Candace Cameron Bure and Lacey Chabert will be back in all-new flicks. Plus, a sixth When Calls the Heart holiday special is also in the works.
What we know about this year’s ‘When Calls the Heart’ Christmas special
So far, details on the upcoming When Calls the Heart special are scarce. Hallmark hasn’t revealed a title or any plot points. However, we do know that stars Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Jack Wagner, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, Andrea Brooks, and Martin Cummins will all appear.
An air date for the special hasn’t been announced. But the last four WCTH Christmas specials have aired on December 25.
‘Countdown to Christmas’ kicks off October 23
We don’t know when exactly we’ll see the 2020 When Calls the Heart Christmas special on TV. But you can mark your calendar for this year’s Countdown to Christmas. The festivities begin Friday, October 23 on Hallmark Channel. “Miracles of Christmas” kicks off on the same date on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.
Among the movies on the horizon are Cross Country Christmas with Rachael Leigh Cook, Christmas Carnival with Tamera Mowry-Housley, and A Christmas Tree Grows in Brooklyn with Rochelle Aytes and Mark Taylor. Fuller House alum Cameron Bure will star in her ninth movie for the network, If I Only Had Christmas. Chabert will appear in a movie titled Christmas Watlz.
Hallmark says this year’s Christmas movies will be more inclusive
This year, Hallmark is making a few tweaks to its tales of tinsel and romance. The network has promised to embrace inclusivity and include LGBTQ characters and actors in its films, the network shared with NBC News. In the past, the network has been criticized for its focus on heterosexual relationships and largely white casts. In 2019, it did air two movies with main characters who were Jewish.
“Diversity and inclusion is a top priority for us and we look forward to making some exciting programming announcements in the coming months, including announcements about projects featuring LGBTQ storylines, characters, and actors,” said George Zaralidis, the vice president of network program publicity at Crown Media Family Network, Hallmark’s parent. “We are committed to creating a Hallmark experience where everyone feels welcome.”
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